God’s Peace

Many of you read about Jonah’s hospital stay in Cameroon, and many of the visits we have had since the accident on May 31st when a portable basketball goal fell on his hand and caused severe trauma to two of his fingers.

After 2 surgeries one in Cameroon and one in the US and after one finger has healed and the other finger appeared to be healing we received a new update.

Jonah’s ring finger is either infected or the bone is dying. This could be because of many reasons but we were given two choices.

  1. First we could do a biopsy to determine if the bone is infected then we would need to have 6 weeks of antibiotics, then there would be a surgery to graft bone from his hip or wrist to try to reconstruct his finger. But the problem with this is there is probably not a blood supply which is causing the bone to die or infection in the first place and after 6-8 months down the road we would need to proceed with choice number 2.
  2. Partial amputation of the top 2 bones above the knuckle of his ring finger.

After prayer and many tears we have chosen option 2.

When Jonah saw his mother crying he asked her if it was about his finger and he said he would do one more surgery. Then he asked if he would still be able to climb the monkey bars. We asked the OT and the Dr and they both assured him that he would still be able to climb the monkey bars and trees.

I can’t explain the peace that we had yesterday when we were at the doctor’s office and we had to tell the doctor our decision. Neither choice was one I would ever want to have to make. But what I can say is that God is good. God is faithful and He loves us.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

While it is not always easy to Rejoice in the Lord, I pray that you will rejoice with me today and pray for God’s peace, for the surgery that will be next Thursday morning and for quick complete healing for Jonah.


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14 Responses to God’s Peace

  1. Pop-pop says:

    While we can’t understand God’s ways, we are so thankful that He offers His peace in the midst of trying situations. As always, praying for complete healing for Jonah, and for the entire family.

  2. Deb. says:

    Continuing to pray for you guys! And, hey MonkeyBars, WATCH OUT!

  3. wow, can’t imagine having to make these decisions, thinking of you guys!

  4. Carolyn says:

    Still praying for you – we serve a Great God and I am glad He is giving you peace. Hugs!

  5. Sharon says:

    Hang in there! I kwow it is sooo difficult with it being your soon. He will adapt. You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and I’ve included you on our church prayer list. Hang in there mom and dad on these very difficult decidions! God is with all of you!

  6. Ann Keckler says:

    Praying for you all. What a tough decision and what an amazing God who can give peace in the midst of turmoil. And those verses were some of your mother’s favorites – for good reason. Love you…

    • David says:

      Dr. Garcia was the one who made sure that we went to Hershey, pretty sure I wouldn’t know Dr. Garcia if it wasn’t for mom. Thank you for the prayers.

  7. Sarah Robrecht says:

    Praying for little Jonah and the entire family! We all have been praying everyday at FES too! God knows your pain and joys. He is there holding your hands throughout it all. It felt VERY strange returning to Cameroon and not seeing you all here!! Miss you all!

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